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TiVo founders create “QPlay” streaming media TV adapter

TiVo founders create “QPlay” streaming media TV adapter

The original founders of TiVo are starting a new business venture called QPlay. It's an adapter for streaming TV reminiscent of the plug-and-play ease of Google's Chromecast dongle and app set, but with the all-under-one-roof simplicity of a set-top box. Plug the QPlay box into your HDTV, plug the USB-connected power cord into a wall outlet, fire-on your -- iPad only, apparently -- and you're ready to stream some video and Internet TV from a variety of services, which will possibly include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, and so on.

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In-flight call ban lift open to discussion following FCC vote: needs DOT approval

In-flight call ban lift open to discussion following FCC vote: needs DOT approval

Though the vote of 3-2 knocks out a technical ban in the FCC, the rule against using cellphones to make calls in-flight is still being left up to the Department of Transportation to make a final ruling on here near the end of 2013. This week's vote was a close one. The FCC's meeting today had FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler taking special care to note that this vote does not instantly grant travelers the right to make a phone call on their next flight - there's still voting to be done before that's all well and good.

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Carrier phone unlocking policy agreement solidified between FCC and CTIA

Carrier phone unlocking policy agreement solidified between FCC and CTIA

The five largest USA-based carriers have come to an agreement through the CTIA (The Wireless Association) with the FCC over their policy for unlocking phones in North America. Barring those devices the institutions have reason to believe were stolen or otherwise fraudulently acquired, it would appear that the carrier unlock sequence has been made as free and open as it's ever been. A new set of rules have been set forth and will be adopted by the five larges mobile data carriers in the USA inside the next 12 months.

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Advocacy groups say AT&T violated Communications Act by selling records to CIA

Advocacy groups say AT&T violated Communications Act by selling records to CIA

A lot of technology companies, social networks, and wireless carriers are under fire from consumer advocacy groups for selling or sharing private consumer data on phone calls and online habits with the federal government. A group of consumer advocacy firms led by a company called Public Knowledge filed a petition this week with the FCC. The petition hopes to get the FCC to say that AT&T violated a privacy rule in the Communications Act.

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Cellphone calls on planes under consideration by FCC

Cellphone calls on planes under consideration by FCC

Rules preventing in flight use of cellphones to make voice calls and access data services may be overturned, the FCC has hinted, with the federal commission proposing changes to policies it describes as "outdated and restrictive." The loosening of cellular services - which could include making voice calls while in the air - will be discussed at a December 12th meeting, the FCC confirmed; according to sources at the commission, planes themselves will effectively be turned into mobile base-stations, thus avoiding any potential interference with ground-based antennas.

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FCC Speed Test app for Android to crowdsource carrier performance

FCC Speed Test app for Android to crowdsource carrier performance

The FCC will be rolling out a new free app for Android next spring that lets users submit speed data to the agency for analysis, the Washington Post reports. The app is part of a broad-based effort to gauge actual download and upload speeds by mobile devices on the four major carriers and CTIA-The Wireless Association. The data will be collected and collated and measured against advertised speeds. The stated purpose of the project is to make sure consumers are getting what they're paying for.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra takes on final form: FCC says Wi-fi only

Sony Xperia Z Ultra takes on final form: FCC says Wi-fi only

An FCC listing for a Wi-fi only edition of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra has appeared today, rolling with what appears to be essentially the same specifications as the original, coming at this point with no mobile data connectivity. You'll find the Sony TS-0010 coming with support for Wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac as well NFC, GPS, and everybody's favorite: Bluetooth 4.0 with Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) abilities.

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Nokia tablet clears FCC with Verizon and AT&T LTE

Nokia tablet clears FCC with Verizon and AT&T LTE

Nokia's much-rumored tablet has appeared at the FCC undergoing LTE testing, with the Finnish company almost completely squeezing out references to the form factor of what's expected to be a Windows RT based machine. Listed as the Nokia RX-114, the device makes no mention of its design until the final page, when it's outed as a tablet. It's expected to be among a rumored six new devices to be shown off for the first time on October 22nd

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